Name: Zaid Al Rayes
Zaid Al Rayes is a Syrian refugee and entrepreneur living in Dubai. Zaid experienced the realities of violent extremism and conflict in his country and grasped the challenges facing young refugees in accessing the job market. He has developed a business model to address these challenges and has succeeded in creating more than 500 jobs for vulnerable youth, especially refugees, through his Al Rayes Group.
Besides running and leading Al Rayes Group, Zaid works with national and international organizations such as Hedayah, White Helmets, Arab Thought Foundation and One Young World.
Zaid is currently resuming his PhD degree in the same field in which he publishes academic research related to youth empowerment and entrepreneurship.
Open to: Training, presentations, public speaking, research
Areas of Expertise: Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), entrepreneurship, the role of economics in PVE, PVE effectiveness
Geographical Scope: Syria, Jordan and Lebanon; Turkey; GCC; Middle East.
Article – Business Insider: Stopping The Cycle of Violent Extremism Has Nothing to do With Religion
Article – UAE: UN Summit Gives Student Ideas on Rebuilding his Native Syria
Article- OYW: Meet the Young Leaders Fighting against Violent Extremism.